IR - Nomad Hiking Trail Journal - DLarsen
- Journal #1 report. URL is: http://tinyurl.com/yhnlbrw
Nomad Hiking Trail Journal
3 November 2009
Name: Dawn Larsen
Height: 5' 4" (163 cm)
Weight: 165 lb (75 kg)
Email address: vicioushillbilly AT gmail DOT com
Florence, South Carolina USA
I used to backpack in college a zillion years ago and just in the last few years have backpacked some private trails in Tennessee, Missouri and most recently South Carolina. I have been an avid car-camper for eleven years and I have kayak/canoe camped for four years, both in South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas. I use a lot of the same equipment for both. I hike hilly/rocky trails especially in Missouri (my home state) and Arkansas. I live in South Carolina and am busy checking out the terrain here with my sixteen year-old son.
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Listed Dimensions of Journal: 4 x 5 (102 x 127 mm)
Actual Dimensions of Journal: 3.75 x 5 (95 x 127mm)
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: $8.50 US
picture courtesy of Nomad website
This small spiral-bound journal is waterproof and tearproof. There are 82 pages that allow for 36 daily entries. There are entry areas including:
* Trail location and type
* Trail conditions
* Distance traveled
* Pack contents and weight
* GPS coordinates
* Weather conditions
* Plenty of room for extra notes
sample page image
picture courtesy of Nomad website
The Nomad hiking-trail journal seems just the right size to stuff into a backpack or daypack. It does not have a closure, however, and I will test to see if the pages get routinely bent because there is not way to keep it shut. The first thing I wanted to see was what kind of media would write on the waterproof pages as I was concerned that waterproof paper would not take pencil or ink well. See the picture below. It not only accepts pencil and pen, but marker and colored pencil too! Additionally, it would not tear, but did bend, although the crease mark was not very noticeable. It tore away from the spiral. I also held the page under a running faucet. It held everything but the marker.
mypage wet page
The only drawback for me personally, is that I sort of like to keep all my camping/hiking information in one place at home. Because this journal is so small, I would probably feel like transferring the information to a bigger journal, just because I'm afraid I might lose it.
I think this small journal really might be just the right thing for backpacking because it is so small and durable. I look forward to trying it out soon on the trail as it seems to be a very wet fall here in South Carolina.
What I Like So Far
It is tearproof
It is small
What I Don't Like So Far
I'm afraid that I might lose it after I get home because it is so small.
This concludes my initial report. My field report will follow in about two months. Many thanks to Nomad and Backpackgeartest.org for allowing me to test the Nomad Adventure Hiking Trail Journal.
- HTml here
Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle Hammock
Initial Report - November 1, 2009
41 years old
5 ft 11 in tall (1.8 m)
175 lb (79 kg)
Southeast Texas, Houston Area
I grew up in the piney woods of southeast Texas. Camping was a quick
trip into the mosquito-infested woods behind the house. My style has
evolved and over the last 4 or 5 years, I have begun to take a lighter
weight approach to hiking gear (I still use sleeping bags and tents,
just lighter versions). While I have flirted with lightweight hiking, I
feel that I am more of a mid-weight hiker now. My philosophy is one of
comfort, while carrying the lightest load possible.
November 1, 2009
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Manufacturer: Hennessy Hammocks
Year Manufactured: 2009
MSRP: $ 269.00 US
Weight: 2 lb 8 oz (1,120 g)
Height Limit: up to 6 ft / up to 182.9cm
Weight limit: 250 lbs / 115kg
SNAKE SKINS 4:
8 1/2" circumference at wide end
2 1/2" circumference at narrow end
Information From Tester:
(all measurements approximate)
Hammock: 1 lb 13.65 oz (841 g)
Fly: 10.45 oz (295 g)
Snakeskins 4 (x2): 1 oz (29 g)
Tree huggers (x2): 0.85 oz (24 g)
Stuff sack: 0.95 oz (33 g)
Reflective pad: 10.55 oz (299 g)
Hammock: 85 x 47 in (216 x 119 cm)
Suspension cords (x2): 97 in (246 cm)
Fly: 65 x 90 in (165 x 229 cm)
Snakeskins 4: 4 in (10 cm) [tapering to 2 in/4 cm] x 82 in (208 cm)
Tree huggers: 1 x 46 in (2.5 x 117 cm)
Reflective pad: 29.5 in (75 cm) [tapering to 16 in/41 cm] x 66 in (168 cm)
Stuff sack: 10 x 13 in (25 x 33 cm)
Initial tester expectations:
I always enjoy the Hennessy website because I can stare at hammocks for
hours wondering if I need another one. The site is easy to navigate and
I really do like the hammock comparison page that lets me see how the
models differ at a glance. I had a slight issue with my visit to find
out about the Deep Jungle hammock was that the description (see below)
was a bit vague and caused me to dig around the site to find information
on the Hyperlight hammock as well. I was also wondering if there were
more pictures of the Deep Jungle (thumbnail was a bit fuzzy), but when I
clicked on the picture to make it larger I was sent to the Expedition
Asym Hammock page. Confusing to be sure, but at least I knew a little
bit about what I was supposed to be getting.
"A hyperlight hammock with a side zipper and a breathable double-layered
body. Can be used with radiant reflecting bubble pad which attaches
on the diagonal between the layers to convert the hammock into a
mosquito-proof 3-season shelter."
The one thing I have always enjoyed about getting a new Hennessy Hammock
in the mail or at the store is the nice, neat, and compact way
everything comes packaged.
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This time around was no different. Once I got everything out and
organzied I found that I had recieved a Deep Jungle Hammock, rain fly,
set of tree huggers, a set of snakeskins, and a reflective bubble pad.
The first thing I did was unpack everything, hang the hammock, then
start poking around. The hammock itself appears to be a basic
asmyetrical hammock. The body is made of a striped fabric that looks
like Dyneema to me, but feels way softer and more pliable. It was very
hard to uncover, but the fabric on the bottom of this hammock is doubled
so that there is an empty space between the layers. The openings for
this double bottom were hard to find, but I finally found them. They
are there to allow the insertion of the bubble pad into the void between
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The first opening I found was on the right hand side (lying in the
hammock) of the Deep Jungle next too the tie out point on the foot of
the hammock. This was the larger of the two openings and it took a
detailed inspection (and some guessing) on my part to locate it.
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The second and smaller opening was located along the left hand side
(lying in the hammock) next to the tie out point on the head of the
hammock. After some playing and fiddling I discovered that the bubble
pad goes in through the larger opening, unrolls and has tie out cords
that extend out of both openings in the hammocks and attach to the asym
tie out points on the exterior of the hammock body.
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The basics are also in place on the Deep Jungle Hammock. The bug net,
ridge line, mesh interior pocket (hangs from ridgeline), asym tie out
cords, and hanging cords are all there like I expected. The big suprise
is that instead of a bottom loading hammock, the Deep Jungle has a
zipper that runs the entire length of the left hand side (lying in the
hammock). This allows (see above) the bug netting to be folded back out
of the way and makes the Deep Jungle a side loading hammock. The
attention to detail on the construction really caught me by surprise.
Not only does the bug net unzip and fold out of the way, but there is a
small hook and loop closure that allows the netting to be secure out
of the way so that it will not flop over into the hammock.
After my first and second inspections of the Deep Jungle Hammock I came
away fairly impressed. The double bottom construction was not only
intersting, but it was also well hidden and hard to distinguish without
some effort. The overall construction of the hammock was very sound and
professional. No loose threads, rough seams, or other defects were
visible. Most noticable to me though, was the fact that while this is a
full featured hammock, it seems to be constructed to a very minimalist
model. It appears to do everything it is supposed to, but is built to be
light wieght and without any excess materials adding weight or bulk.
While the tree huggers that came with the Deep Jungle Hammock are not
extras because every Hennessy Hammock comes with a set, I am going to
lump them with the 'other stuff' that came with the hammock. The stock
tree huggers are a bit short for me and I will probably be using my
longer set to hang this hammock. I do enjoy the fact that I own several
sets of tree huggers and they all tend to be very well constructed and
rugged. The new set that arrived with the Deep Jungle do not appear to
be any different. Now I have a hard time believing that it is possible
to mess up webbing straps with stiched loops on the ends (construction
wise), but I the new set is of the same quality I have come to expect
from Hennessy Hammocks.
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A set of Snake Skin 4 (refers to size I think) was also included with
the Deep Jungle. The snake skins are basically tapered tubes of
silnylon that are hung on the suspension cords of the Deep Jungle. When
I need to take the Deep Jungle down, I simply slide the snake skins down
the length of the still hanging hammock and stuff everything inside of
them as I extend them. When done, I have two long 'snakes' full of
hammock that are very easy to take down and stuff in a pack. I was not
really convinced about the utililty of snake skins until I finally tried
them. They really do make putting up and taking down a hammock a quick
and easy exercise.
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Last, but not least, there was a large bubble mat included with the Deep
Jungle. This is a tapered lenght of bubble pad (like bubble wrap) that
is sandwhiched between two layers of reflective foil. The pad is
obviously cut to fit in the double bottome of the hammock and includes
to cords that extend out of the hammock bottom and attach to the asym
tie outs on the hammock body.
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The bubble mat is well constructed. The tie out cords are attached to
metal grommets and the edges are taped and sewn. There is nothing
'rough' about this pad and I was surprised at the quality put into
constructing it. Part of me had expected something that was more
'thrown' together, but it was not. Again the attention to detail in
Hennessy's construction methods is nice and gives me a bit more
confidence in the survivability of these items on the trail.
I cannot wait to get out and see how well it feels to hang in this
hammock. I do have some concerns, but only climbing in and seeing how it
fits will answer my questions. The Deep Jungle is designed for people my
size (height and wieght), but from my initial hanging of it, it looks
small. I was not able to climb into it yet, so this may be a seriously
unfounded fear, but it is a first impression I need to check out. Other
than that I am excited about this test. This hammock obviously uses a
material that I have not experienced in a Hennessy Hammock, but it does
look and feel rather nice. It does not seem to have the 'crinkly' feel
or sound of nylon and I am hoping that this means it will be more quiet
to hand and sleep on.
I have already inserted the bubble mat into the hammock to see just how
difficult it is to do. It was not the easiest task to get the wide end
of the mat into the large opening, but once I got it inserted all I had
to do to position it correctly was to push the mat toward the head of
the hammock, reach through the smaller opening and full the wide end
toward the head, pull the smaller end to the foot end of the hammock,
then attach the cords to hammock body. The first try was successful and
while it is not a time comsuming process, it was not as easy as I had
liked. The bubble mat tries to roll up on the narrow end and I know that
putting a body and feet in the hammock will hold the pad in place, it is
a bit frustrating to keep unrolling it time after time when installing it.
Things I like:
1. Hammock fabric is soft
2. Side zip opening
3. Does not seem to be 'over built'
Things I don't like:
1.Openings on double bottom are small and difficult to find
2.A little more effort is needed to install the bubble mat than I expected
Please check back in about two months for further test results on the
Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle Hammock..
- Nice report Thomas. I especially like the pictures. I don't know if you
planned it this way or what, but the picture of the bubble pad on the tile
floor was ingenious! At first, I thought the camera was tilted and this was
the reason for the tapered pad. Then after staring at the pic a minute I
realized the tile lines were perpendicular. A great use of background to
convey sizing proportions.
> Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle Hammock
> Initial Report - November 1, 2009
> Thomas Vickers
- 12 x 12 tiles tell the tale.
Lighting was off, but I can't be perfect.
I use this background for a lot of gear pictures, I should probably note
the tile size in a report some day.
- Hi Thomas,
Here are your edits for the Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle Hammock.
Overall, excellent report and good use of photos. Seems to be lots of
extra spaces. Could be yahoo.
You know the drill.
> SNAKE SKINS 4:Edit: For consistency Snakeskins should be Snake Skins. I checked on
> 84" long
> 8 1/2" circumference at wide end
> 2 1/2" circumference at narrow end
> Information From Tester:
> (all measurements approximate)
> Hammock: 1 lb 13.65 oz (841 g)
> Fly: 10.45 oz (295 g)
> Snakeskins 4 (x2): 1 oz (29 g)
> Tree huggers (x2): 0.85 oz (24 g)
> Stuff sack: 0.95 oz (33 g)
> Reflective pad: 10.55 oz (299 g)
> Hammock: 85 x 47 in (216 x 119 cm)
> Suspension cords (x2): 97 in (246 cm)
> Fly: 65 x 90 in (165 x 229 cm)
> Snakeskins 4: 4 in (10 cm) [tapering to 2 in/4 cm] x 82 in (208 cm)
the website and in most places it is 2 words.
> Initial tester expectations:EDIT: Double space before "The"
> I always enjoy the Hennessy website because I can stare at hammocks
> hours wondering if I need another one. The site is easy to navigate
> ...EDIT: Double space before "I"
> was a bit vague and caused me to dig around the site to find
> on the Hyperlight hammock as well. I was also wondering if there were
>EDIT: Triple space before "Can" double space before "radiant" and
> Manufacturer's description:
> "A hyperlight hammock with a side zipper and a breathable double-
> body. Can be used with radiant reflecting bubble pad which attaches
> on the diagonal between the layers to convert the hammock into a
> mosquito-proof 3-season shelter."
double space before "hammock"
> This time around was no different. Once I got everything out andEdit: "snakeskins" should be snake skins
> organzied I found that I had recieved a Deep Jungle Hammock, rain fly,
> set of tree huggers, a set of snakeskins, and a reflective bubble pad.
> ....this double bottom were hard to find, but I finally found them.EDIT: double space before "They"
> are there to allow the insertion of the bubble pad into the void
> the layers.
> ...the hammock. This was the larger of the two openings and itEDIT: Triple space before "This"
> took a
> detailed inspection (and some guessing) on my part to locate it.
> IMG_0079.JPG (4223549 bytes)EDIT: Double space before "After"
> The second and smaller opening was located along the left hand side
> (lying in the hammock) next to the tie out point on the head of the
> hammock. After some playing and fiddling I discovered that the bubble
> The basics are also in place on the Deep Jungle Hammock. The bugEDIT: Double space before "on" and triple space before "The"
> cords, and hanging cords are all there like I expected. The bigEDIT: Double space before "The
> of the way and makes the Deep Jungle a side loading hammock. TheEDIT: Triple space before "The" and triple space before "that" and
> attention to detail on the construction really caught me by surprise.
> Not only does the bug net unzip and fold out of the way, but there
> is a
> small hook and loop closure that allows the netting to be secure out
> of the way so that it will not flop over into the hammock.
double space before "so"
> model. It appears to do everything it is supposed to, but is builtEDIT: "wieght" should be "weight"
> to be
> light wieght and without any excess materials adding weight or bulk.
> lump them with the 'other stuff' that came with the hammock. TheEDIT: Double space before "The"
> tree huggers are a bit short for me and I will probably be using myComment: Shouldn't you use what was supplied with the hammock and make
> longer set to hang this hammock.
a note of it in your report stating that the straps are too short.
> A set of Snake Skin 4 (refers to size I think) was also included withEDIT: Triple space before "The"
> the Deep Jungle. The snake skins are basically tapered tubes of
> hammock that are very easy to take down and stuff in a pack. I wasEDIT: Double space before "I"
> obviously cut to fit in the double bottome of the hammock and includesEDIT" "bottome" should be "bottom"
> unfounded fear, but it is a first impression I need to check out.EDIT: Double space before "Other" and "This"
> than that I am excited about this test. This hammock obviously uses a
> I have already inserted the bubble mat into the hammock to see justEDIT: Double space before "It"
> difficult it is to do. It was not the easiest task to get the wide